Higher Education

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:34 pm on 14th September 2004.

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Photo of Mr Tim Collins Mr Tim Collins Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Education 2:34 pm, 14th September 2004

Although we have obviously had our differences in the course of the debate, I thoroughly endorse what the hon. Gentleman is saying at the moment. I hope that it will be possible for us to find a cross-party basis on which to build on what he has said about the commitment to excellence and the relationship between teaching and research. They are fundamental to the United Kingdom's strength now and in the future. He is quite right about that.